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Pentagon to Tape Interrogations

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posted on May, 18 2010 @ 04:42 AM
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Pentagon to Tape Interrogations


online.wsj.com

The Pentagon last week ordered the videotaping of all detainee interrogations conducted by military and defense personnel if the questioning is aimed at gathering "strategic intelligence" and is conducted on major U.S. military bases...

...The memo, posted late last week on a Defense Department website and confirmed by U.S. officials, would apply to the military's detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan
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posted on May, 18 2010 @ 04:42 AM
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You may recall in early 2008, the CIA destroyed some 92 video recordings of detainees at Guantanamo, Bagram Air Base, Thailand and various other "Black Sites" being "interrogated" (read: tortured).


The videos showed CIA interrogators using waterboarding, a simulated drowning technique, on terrorism suspect Abu Zubaydah. The videos showed that interrogators did not follow the waterboarding procedures authorized by President George W. Bush's administration, the documents show.

www.foxnews.com...


"The large number of videotapes destroyed confirms that the agency engaged in a systematic attempt to hide evidence of its illegal interrogations and to evade the court's order,"

www.huffingtonpost.com...


It has been known for months that the CIA destroyed videotapes depicting its so-called enhanced interrogations of two al-Qaida suspects. With the government's latest disclosures, we now know that those two detainees were waterboarded, as the tapes might have revealed. The tapes' destruction potentially constitutes the crime of obstruction. By destroying them the CIA also disregarded a request from the 9/11 Commission for documentation that could provide information about the 9/11 attacks,

www.salon.com...

Despite the fact these interrogation methods had allegedly been "cleared" by the DOJ (covertly or overtly), thanks to upstanding and constitutional attorneys like John Yoo, the CIA still didn't want to release them.

Why?


They were interrogation methods approved by the Department of Justice in memos sent to the CIA, and therefore shouldn't have been deemed a legal problem. The closest thing we come to answer is an internal CIA e-mail released last Thursday, in which an unidentified CIA officer writes that Rodriguez decided to destroy the tapes because they made the CIA "look horrible; it would be devastating to us."

news.yahoo.com...

Yes even the CIA is concerned with it's public image and perception in the media.

Because political assassinations, drug smuggling, doctoring & falsifying evidence and warrant-lessly surveilling the entire American population does absolutely nothing to detract from that.

According to previous policy, it was standard operating procedure to destroy all video evidence after 90 days of filing.


The U.S. military does not regularly videotape interrogations and so far its review has found fewer than 50 tapes, according to Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell.

The recordings are typically destroyed after 90 days, once interrogators and other military officials determine the videotapes no longer serve any intelligence or training purpose, the Pentagon said.

"Once the tape has outlived its usefulness, it is certainly within the rights, in fact I think it's within the orders of some divisions, to destroy those tapes," Morrell said.


i.e. Once it becomes a liability because the public realizes your circumventing constitutional guarantees and international treatises on the treatment of detainees. Which amounts to War Crimes.

Smile CIA Agents! You're on camera.

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[edit on 18/5/10 by The Godfather of Conspira]



posted on May, 19 2010 @ 04:11 AM
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So I guess we could be seeing more of this coming to public light, perhaps even Faisal Shahzad's interrogation (see here):



What sounds deliberately under-handed and duplicitous though is this "clause" which keeps popping up in the DOD's statements:


if the questioning is aimed at gathering "strategic intelligence" and is conducted on major U.S. military bases.

Wallstreet Journal

And who decides that?

So the DOD can still skirt this law easily by claiming a detainee is simply of no "strategic value" or by transporting any detainees they particularly want to rough-house to "Black Sites" and having their torture field days there, away from prying eyes.

Further more:

specifically exclude interrogations by soldiers engaged in combat or those involved in gathering information on ground-level enemy tactics from the videotaping requirement.

Wallstreet Journal

Yeah and how senior Al-Qaeda figures has the US arrested since 2001?

So I guess it is one big Public Relations PYSOP for the CIA. Tried and true tradecraft from the boys at Al-CIAduh.

[edit on 19/5/10 by The Godfather of Conspira]



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